As the Eastern half of the country cools off following record heat earlier this week, the Southwest corner of the nation will become the focus for sweltering conditions.
Temperatures will soar above the century mark across most desert and interior valley locations from central California to Arizona into the weekend.
Some of the hottest locations, such as Death Valley, Calif., will top out again near 120 degrees today!
While temperatures above 100 are commonplace for many Southwestern locales as we head into the summer months, the heat to end this week could prove to be exceptional for this time of year.
Numerous record highs will be in jeopardy today as the heat peaks in major cities such as Phoenix (record is 110 degrees from 1977), Las Vegas (107, 2001) and Tucson (105, 2002).
Records already fell on Thursday in Palm Springs, Yuma and Death Valley on Thursday.
Even the Central Valley of California will be scorching, with Fresno expected to record its first 100-degree day of the year today.
The driving force behind the heat is a strengthening ridge of high pressure. Temperatures will cool a bit after the high pressure pushes off to the east this weekend, but will still manage to break 100 each day in some areas well into next week.
All people, but particularly those sensitive to the heat, should take it easy over the next few days, and stay well-hydrated if venturing outdoors during the peak of the heat.
Very dry air and gusty winds accompanying the warm air is bad news for those battling wildfires in the region.
According to officials, a wildfire burning through New Mexico's Gila National Forest has become the largest in the state's history, having burned more than 270,000 acres.
Relative humidity levels in the single digits and wind gusts to 30 mph are causing the fire to burn out of control. More than a dozen homes have already been destroyed, with hundreds of residents currently displaced.
Fortunately, slightly higher humidity levels are expected over the next few days over, but rain is not in the forecast for the foreseeable future.
Snow and spotty ice will swing across parts of the central and northern Plains to the Upper Midwest as November ends and December begins.
After the brief shot of chilly air this past weekend, the month of December will start out mild across the Northeast.
December will begin with a roar across the Northwest as rounds of rain, mountain snow and even ice are in store this week.
The reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final day of November.
Tens of thousands will gather in rainy and mild conditions at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, for the 83rd annual Christmas tree lighting.
Studies show that heart attacks increase in December and January each year.
Buffalo, NY (2001)
The month was the mildest, most snow-free Novembers in history. There was not a flake of snow the entire month, which was the first time since records were kept.
Severe early cold with record November lows: Location Temperature Buffalo, NY 2 degrees New York City 7 degrees Boston -2 degrees Philadelphia 8 degrees (earliest ever below 10 degrees for city)
Washington, DC (1967)
A total of 6.9 inches of snow - greatest amount ever recorded in DC on one calendar day in November.